Jesse Alva Alston

March 15, 1930April 13, 2018
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Jesse A. Alston, age 88, of Seymour, went home to be with the Lord on April 13, 2018. Jesse was a math teacher for Knox County Schools for 30 years. His life passion was to share his love for Christ. He was an ordained minister and served as assistant pastor at Cold Springs Baptist Church for a number of years and remained a faithful member until his death. He was a combat veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. Jesse faithfully served as scout master of troop 585, Boy Scouts of America in Seymour during the 1970's and 1980's. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and woodworking. Preceded in death by wife, Doris Nell Alston; brothers, Alfred, Joe, and Andrew Alston; sister, Reva Golden and parents, Lee and Mae Alston. He is survived by his children, Mark Alston, Patty Mize and husband Wayne, Lisa Taylor and husband Greg and Richard Alston and wife Patricia; grandchildren, Benjamin Mize, Ashley Arnold, Nathan Mize, Jessica Carringer, Josh Alston, Megan Mayo, Patrick Alston, Drew Alston, Emily Taylor and Tabitha Alston; 11 great grandchildren; brother, David Alston and wife Peggy; brother-in-laws, Ralph Mink and wife Peggy and Bill Golden; special friend, Pat Campbell, sons of his heart, JT, James Ralph, Tony, Donald, and a host of lifetime friends. A celebration of life service will be held 7 pm Monday, April 16, 2018 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hickman officiating. Family and friends will meet 11am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Berry Highland South Cemetery for graveside services. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday at Berry Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at


  • Mark Alston, Son
  • Patty and husband Wayne Mize, Daughter
  • Lisa and husband Greg Taylor, Daughter
  • Richard and wife Patricia Alston, Son
  • Benjamin Mize, Grandchild
  • Ashley Arnold, Grandchild
  • Nathan Mize, Grandchild
  • Jessica Carringer, Grandchild
  • Josh Alston, Grandchild
  • Megan Mayo, Grandchild
  • Patrick Alston, Great Grandchild
  • Drew Alston, Grandchild
  • Emily Taylor, Grandchild
  • Tabitha Alston, Grandchild
  • 11 Great-grandchildren

    Brother, David and wife Peggy Alston

    Brother-in laws, Ralph and wifePeggy Mink and Bill Golden

    Special friend, Pat Campbell; Sons of his heart, JT, James Ralph, Tony, Donald and a host of lifetime friends.


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Danny Byrge

April 17, 2018

Mr Alston was one of the finest teacher I have every had. I wished I could have made it to the funeral, but was unable do to health. For his service to God and the children of Knoxville, I have no doubt Jesus is saying today "welcome home my faithful servant, and well done". You will be missed Jesse Alston. Even though Mr Alston tried to teach my mom algebra and never could get it in her head, years later I did, so your wisdom and knowledge still taught her, long after she was your student. Thank you my friend, my teacher, and my mentor. I have shared what I have learned and helped many. God bless your family and friends and may the Lord send peace and comfort to them. We need more teachers and people in this world like you. It truly would be a better world. With love Danny Byrge.

Carrie Campbell Malizia

April 16, 2018

I knew Mr. Alston my whole life. He was very special to us . He got me thru Algebra only took 2 years and he was so patient. He always made time for us . Had great stories and jokes. He was good to us and we loved him. My boys love him too , they grew up calling him Papa Jesse. He made all those he loved feel like they were his favorite.

Pat Huffaker

April 16, 2018

Patty and Wayne: So sorry to learn of Mr. Alston's passing. Had no idea he was your father, Patty. I had Mr. Alston when I was at Young High School and he was a great teacher. My prayers are with you.

Guy and Linda Muse

April 16, 2018

We remember the mission trips to Ecuador. Our condolences to all the family. Heaven is one soul richer and we who remain on earth one beloved soul less. But one day we will all be united around the throne of Jesus and sing in a multitude of languages, HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!

Hubert McCarter

April 16, 2018

We Are Sorry For Your Loss. Hubert & Helen McCarter

jeffrey weaver

April 15, 2018

to a great man that always would listen . I had you for 3 years of math and as my track coach. I would not take anything for the memories . thank you coach for the life lessons . thank you! my you be at peace in heaven .you will be missed.

joe lee

April 15, 2018

Mr. Alston was a great friend and neighbor. During my teen years he would take me and others fishing in ponds, rivers and mountain streams. He was a great role model. He was also a hero. He was a war veteran and Purple Heart Recipient as I recall.
He will never be forgotten.
Condolences to his family.

Glenda & John Huff

April 15, 2018

May your memories give you smiles, your faith give you strength, your family and friends love and comfort during this difficult time

Blanca Chattin-Kacouris

April 15, 2018

Thank you Jessie. The best years of my Christian life had been together with you, Clarence and Kathy.
You taught me about God's love in very word you say. I will be forever grateful.
Love you Dad.

charles darnell

April 14, 2018

I had the privilege of having Mr. Alston as a math teacher at Young High School. He was a great teacher who cared about his students. I got the additional privilege of working with him when I began my teaching career at Young High School. He used to tell me all the time that the only reason I passed his class was because my girlfriend did all my work. He was a great man and will be missed by many.